Beautiful realist study of a male life model’s face for Kassan’s art class in NYC. Sped up to replicate the actual two hour study you can see where Kassan begins with very crude dark block filling with his charcoal. He introduces finer detailing with the charcoal and then the pencil. The face quickly takes shape and you begin to admire just how good he really is. His final touches include the use of a white pencil for highlights and tints to bring out some of the key features. A pure class video on how to draw like a realist.
In this art tutorial you will learn how to draw a sunset with a silhouetted landscape in colored chalk pastels in a step by step manner.
Onto the rough textured chalk paper the artist applies the cadmium yellow chalk using the side of the stick to the top of the paper working his way down the page for about 3-4 inches. A slightly lighter colored lemon yellow chalk is then used directly beneath and the process is repeated right down to the bottom of the paper. Even though this is a very loose initial stage in the chalk drawing you can already see the two yellows merging together well to form the basis of your sunset.
Using the cadmium yellow again spend around 5 seconds sporadically placing the color on top of the lemon yellow chalk. This creates a more organic and natural looking sunset rather than a complete grade down in tones which quite simply put wouldn’t happen in real life.
Then using his finger he smudges the chalks together to create a smooth transition between the colors. Using a salmon pink chalk he carefully selects areas using a horizontal linear application covering around two thirds of the paper. these areas are then smudged in to bind with the yellow chalks. If you don’t fancy using your finger to blend the colors together then as an alternative you can use a smooth sponge or some tissue paper to achieve the same effect.
You can add as many layers and different shades of color on your sunset so cater for your own artistic requirements and really explore the possibilities and range of colors which can be used.
The last step in this pastel tutorial is the introduction of the foreground which is drawn in a silhouette style as it would be in real life. It is a landscape which has an African feel to it so trees and loose shrubbery are introduced. A charcoal pencil is used for this stage to get the branch detailing. Because the charcoal pencil can be sharpened as many times as you like it makes this stage much easier than if you were to use a block pastel like the ones used in the sunset background. It is the techniques which you are trying to imitate here so be bold and adventurous and you can take on any composition you like.
Chalk artist Kelly Croy shows us in this sped up video a nice large scale example of how to confidently apply colored chalks to create a vibrant and almost fantasy like seascape. If sunsets are your thing and you don’t mind getting chalked up hands then this id definitely for you.
This artist has produced a time lapse video to present to you how he takes on drawing of a wolf. His selected mediums for this picture are chalk pastels and pastel pencils which enable much finer detail as you have a sharper point and greater control.
The artist begins with a very loose application of base colors in only a few shades before advancing with the black chalk to start adding bolder areas of coverage. He uses short stout strokes with the pastel to imitate the lie of the fur and has his finger ready to smudge and blend in the appropriate places. The eyes are the show stoppers in this drawing with their incredible detailing and realistic look. This is where the pastel pencils really come into play. Do you think you can do the same?
A charming and commendable drawing of a female nude in charcoal by Cindy Gray. The first hand camera approach of filming coupled with her drawing from her lap approach makes for a nice raw video for the viewer to appreciate. It shows that art is readily available wherever you are an in the right frame of mind cracking results can be achieved.
In this video is a selection of some of the finest chalk drawings around the globe. The artist spends hours and hours mapping out the dimensions on the floor to be seen from one specific viewpoint. He then takes on the arduous task of coloring, shading and finalising the end piece. All this whilst the general public are more often than not ambling around in close proximity. You have to agree though, it was well worth it and WHAT A RESULT!?
Artist Agnes Fabricious shows off her impressive speed coupled with natural eye for detail here. Watch this video and see how she flitters to and from different regions of the face The pencils which are used are special pastel pencils and are an ideal compliment to your portraiture when you are looking to add very detailed features like the eyes, teeth and lips. Pastel pencils can be used in a wide variety of drawing compositions so be sure to have ago at maybe a impressionistic landscape or a morning sunrise.Perhaps you could take this style to your own art and make it work for you?
This art tutorial focuses on the different ways in which charcoals and pastels can be used within portraiture and highlights the different properties, elements and techniques in which they can be used.
The instructor is concise with what he is teaching and passionately talks about how charcoal and pastel can work in harmony to create amazing and complimentary effects within your drawings. He begins by mentioning how it is important to realise how different materials work differently on different surfaces and materials so it is key to practice with a variety of each of these two aspects. The softer and larger the pastel makes it easier to cover broad areas of the page for quick filling and large surface coverage which can be very effective in creating atmosphere and space.
The charcoal pencil offers the ability to be used for intricate detailing as well as offering versatility when combined with the softer pastel or charcoal. For example in this video he uses the black charcoal pencil to denote shade, tone and detail with minimal application but still manages to leave a prominent appearance within the drawing. Initially he controls the tones by applying or relieving pressure on the charcoals and is very loose in his method, this gives a rawness and style unique to himself.
The white charcoal pencil is introduced to produce luminosity to the portrait and with the subtle application of the white charcoal pencil the portrait starts to take on a more suggestive yet controlled appearance. The artist also offers advice on how to use the stump to gain maximum results by not overusing it and instead smudging certain areas to create volume within the sketch but also by using it as a pencil too by sensitively drawing with it in the desired areas like the wrinkles around the eyes or the delicate tones surrounding the ears.
If the stump is over used it is likely that your picture will take on a lifeless and flat appearance so it is important to know when to stop, which you will learn from viewing this charcoal tutorial. He expresses that skill comes with practice and experience so it is important to familiarize yourself with your preferred materials and know their individual qualities and assets to see what they can bring to your style of drawing.
The use of the eraser in the charcoal drawing is as much a drawing implement as it is something to remove certain areas of wrong doing. So use it to the add highlights and give pronounced areas a greater sense of depth like the cheekbones or chin and use it to your full advantage to create an organic asset to further your portrait.
Like all good tutorials this is very well narrated and easy to learn from regardless of your skill level as an artist so be sure to take in what is being demonstrated and increase your artistic flare. This is a classic example of how to draw organically with charcoals and pastels.
This video exhibits the sketches, doodles and caricatures drawn by artist Mark Mcdonnell over a period of time. Just from visually studying his drawings within his sketchbook and listening to his voice talk over the top you can soon realise how fun it can be and how it is important to have variation within your sketches alongside using careful placement to best fill your sketchpad.
The idea of a sketchbook is to get your thoughts and practices down on paper in your own time without anyone else seeing or critiquing them. McDonnell prefers to use an off white hue paper with a medium texture as it makes for a smoother drawing experience as well as allowing him to use white pencil to highlight his various sketches and really set out the dark tones.
Just because it is a sketchbook doesn’t mean it is solely has to be sketches, you can use washes, inks, crayons or whatever you lay your hands on to gather inspiration at that particular moment in time. McDonnell has a variety of subject matter contained within his sketch pad and states that he just enjoys capturing life in its rawest form, particularly drawing baby monkeys or other wildlife at the zoo in all their various playful poses.
The sketchbook in this demonstration contains a whole wealth of drawing styles; black and white, semi-finished renderings, pen, pencil, crayon, paint, caricature, experimental shapes, silhouettes, linear drawings and inks amongst others. Take the time to see how he focuses on his compositions and placement of drawing to best fill his pages as this is useful for utilising the space on the page as well as maximising its effect as an overall composition.